LSU and Florida are currently locked into a College World Series dogfight, with the Gators holding a slim 4-3 advantage in the top of the ninth.
Big bat Greg Deichmann reached first on a strong double down the first base line to begin the inning, then centerfielder Zach Watson popped out to center. Up came third baseman Josh Smith, with high hopes of batting Deichmann around to at least cross another runner for the tie.
The Seminoles’ first baseman Drew Mendoza fielded the ball clean, then underhanded it over to pitcher Andrew Karp, who couldn’t make the catch. Then, catcher Cal Raleigh slinged the ball over to Mendoza, who couldn’t help but collide with Smith, who sort of half-slid back to the bag. Never have four baseball players looked more confused about what is happening around them.
Only Mendoza earned a throwing error on the play, which is actually remarkable.
All told, two players ended up on their asses on this play, with Mendoza’s fall-then-roll bewilderment taking the trophy for most awkward gymnastics of the entire sequence.
Anyway, Florida State plated a run in the bottom of the frame, and LSU continues to hold a commanding lead over the Noles, 5-2.
The 2017 NCAA baseball tournament and College World Series delivered some of the most watchable baseball of the year. In fact, baseball is one of the few sports where the college game may outdo the professional game in terms of enjoyment factor, inasmuch as the amateurs use every inch of the field, fiddle around Wholesale NFL Jerseys China with batting order and pitching staffs, and commit heinous errors while New Nike NFL Jerseys doing so.